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Artie Strong in Maker's Mark Mile Return

Multiple grade II grass winner Artie Schiller powered his way to the lead as the 10-horse field hit the top of the stretch to register a 2 1/4-length victory in Friday's $250,000 Maker's Mark Mile (gr. IIT) at Keeneland. The 4-year-old stopped the clock in 1:34.09.

Farm Managers Asked for Input on Breed Fund

Jim Gallagher, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, told members of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club April 5 to voice their collective opinion on how the Kentucky Breeders' Incentive monies should be divided.

Salt Lake Tops Final Session of OBS Sale

An outstanding son of Salt Lake topped the second and final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s March selected 2-year-olds in training sale when David Clark's Iron Horse Racing purchased him for $320,000 from the consignment of Barry Eisaman's Eisaman Equine.

Tribe Seeks to Reopen Santa Fe Racetrack

The Pojoaque Pueblo tribe has filed an application with the New Mexico Racing Commission to reopen The Downs at Santa Fe, which would become the sixth racetrack in the state. The tribe wants to begin live racing in 2007 and also hopes to install slot machines.

2004 Eclipse Sprinter: Speightstown

In the days leading up to the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, trainer Todd Pletcher would only say that Speightstown would have to win the six-furlong Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) to be considered divisional champion. Speightstown won the race and now has garnered champion sprinter honors. Pletcher took home the Eclipse Award for outstanding trainer.

Phoenix Reach Worth the Wait in Hong Kong Vase

After a delayed start due to broken equipment, Phoenix Reach proved he was worth the wait by taking the (HK)$14 Million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase (HK-I) by a half-length over Sights on Gold, with Valle Enchantee two lengths back in third. Phoenix Reach completed the 2,400-meter distance (1 _-mile) in 2:29.80.

Phoenix Reach Worth the Wait in Hong Kong Vase

After a delayed start due to broken equipment, Phoenix Reach proved he was worth the wait by taking the (HK)$14 Million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase (HK-I) by a half-length over Sights on Gold, with Valle Enchantee two lengths back in third. Phoenix Reach completed the 2,400-meter distance (1 _-mile) in 2:29.80.

Smarty Jones' Dam Brings $5 Million

It was an exciting night Nov. 7 at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's Newtown Paddocks as I'll Get Along, the dam of dual classic winner and Horse of the Year candidate Smarty Jones, brought a top price of $5 million during the November select sale. Multiple grade I winner Toccet, selling as a stallion prospect, also topped the seven-figure mark, at $3.35 million.

Smarty Jones' Dam, Toccet Highlight Fasig-Tipton Sale

The dam of dual Classic winner and Horse of the Year candidate Smarty Jones, I'll Get Along, and grade I-winning stallion prospect Toccet highlight the catalogue for the Nov. 7 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's Newtown Paddocks. The one-day sale also includes a continuation of the reduction of broodmares and weanling from the estate of the late John Franks and the complete dispersal of Dan Borislow.

Sprint Recap: Classy Call

In the days prior to the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) trainer Todd Pletcher was dogged with questions about Speightstown's chances of being named champion sprinter. The soft-spoken Texas native would only say that Speightstown would have to win the six-furlong race in order to be considered a champion.

Texas Roots Run Deep for Gold Storm

Gold Storm might have been bred in Kentucky, but the gelded son of Seeking the Gold is as true a Texan as J.R. Ewing. He is owned by a pair of Dallas businessmen and resides in the barn of a Texas racing legend. If that weren't enough, he will be racing on his home turf when he takes the gate for the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).

New York Breeders Sale Finishes Strong

The inaugural New York Breeders' Sale Company's fall mixed sale broke new ground for Empire State breeders, owners, and consignors at the Sept. 29 close of its two-day run at Saratoga Race Course. The sale grossed $1,234,100 with 186 hips selling for an average of $6,361. The median was $2,600.

Keeneland September Sale Hits Record Mark

With six sessions remaining, the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale established itself as the highest grossing September auction in the history of the Central Kentucky sale company--breaking the mark of $291,827,100 set at the close of the 2000 September sale. The mark was broken following the sale of hip 2696, an Awesome Again colt, purchased for $55,000 by Bradley Shannon from the consignment of Middlebrook Farm.

Eastern State Rewards Programs

This is the first in a series detailing state-bred awards offered across the country. The series, which examines the breed-back regulations, and the amount of money paid to owners, breeders, and stallion owners, begins with the Eastern region.

Midwest State Rewards Programs

This is the second in a series detailing state-bred awards offered across the country. The series, which examines the breed-back regulations, and the amount of money paid to owners, breeders, and stallion owners, continues with a look at the Midwest region.

Western State Rewards Programs

This is the third in a series of articles detailing state-bred awards offered across the country. The series, which examines the breed-back regulations, and the amount of money paid to owners, breeders, and stallion owners, continues with a look at the Western region.

Southwest State Rewards Programs

This is the fourth in a series detailing state-bred awards offered across the country. The series, which examines the breed-back regulations, and the amount of money paid to owners, breeders, and stallion owners, concludes with a look at the Southwest region.

Records Across the Board at OBS August Select Sale

The opening session of the 2004 Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale was as hot as the weather in Central Florida when the sales company established new records for gross revenue, average, and median price. The average of $52,271 was the highest ever for the sale, breaking the record of $44,945 that was established in 1999.

Gallagher Hired by Kentucky Horse Racing Authority

The Kentucky Racing Authority appointed Jim Gallagher, a former executive with the New York Racing Association, to the position of executive director effective Sept. 27. Gov. Ernie Fletcher approved the appointment, authority officials said during an Aug. 16 meeting.

Crying Wolf?

Will racing fans be disappointed again in their wait for a Triple Crown winner? The near-misses outnumber the times that racing's most elusive prize has been claimed.

Pedigree Profile: Wimbledon

In the March 7 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds, Wimbledon served notice that he was a 3-year-old to be reckoned with by registering an impressive 2 1/4-length win. That win solidified what trainer Bob Baffert had said since the son of Wild Rush joined his stable last year as a juvenile. This colt has the pure talent to outrun his pedigree and tackle the Visa Triple Crown Challenge.

Kentucky Casino Bill Heard in Committee

Officials representing the horse industry said Wednesday following a Kentucky House of Representatives Licensing and Occupations committee meeting that full industry support for casino gaming at five racetracks and four off-site locations comes down to cleaning up language in the proposed bill. The bill, which was filed by Democrat Rep. Larry Clark, is expected to be heard in full committee during its March 10 meeting.

Jones Firm on Racetracks' Role for Ky. Gaming

Former Kentucky Governor and Airdrie Stud owner Brereton Jones called for an amendment to the state's constitution allowing for full-scale casino gambling only at the state's eight racetracks Thursday evening while addressing the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club. The plan differs from one discussed earlier in the week by state legislators that would allow for casinos at racetrack and non-racetrack locations.

Ferdinand Family Line to Continue Through Purchase of Mares

The Ferdinand family line will live on thanks to U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky) who has purchased three daughters of the late Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner and champion. Ferdinand died sometime in 2002, most likely in a slaughterhouse in Japan, following an unsuccessful career at stud.

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